The Big Easy, Beijing
This place bit the dust last year. It had a great layout, live blues and jazz, and Bloody Marys. I hear that it may re-open this year. Here is some background on The Big Easy: http://www.beijingboyce.com/category/big-easy/
The Big Easy features genuine Cajun cooking, good service and reasonable prices. Jazz and blues acts perform nightly.
The place itself looks like it was plucked right out of New Orleans with a sit-down bar area, a second-floor dining area and a balcony with tables. The interior is great very dramatic early New Orleans style. I enjoyed sitting on the balcony and having a drink.
The Big Easy is known for its killer cocktails, such as the specialty Mississippi Dream (Baileys, Kahlua, Malibu, banana and milk), although I just stuck with a jack and coke.
Dress Code: Dress up a bit.
Unforgettable nights meeting lots of fantastic people and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. The best times were when Larry taught swing in the back room. Magical moments in time when I felt like I was dancing on air... The great thing about the Big Easy is the relaxed atmosphere. Fantastic live music every night! Great Jazz! The food is also really good...though on the pricier side...good if you're an expat...impossible if you're a student. They also have some really fun theme nights and promotions. The picture is from Mardi Gras 2000 (with all the dressings...beads, masks, prizes, etc.) A great place!!!
Dress Code: None that I know of, but the club caters to the older and more established crowd...so everyone tends to be tastefully dressed...